I’m going to do a weekly post called Inspired Saturdays. My goal is to follow through with my intention of this blog — to seek happiness and share all of life’s simple moments that help create that journey. I will feature something or someone that has inspired me through the week, in hopes that it will inspire you too! As the saying goes, pass it forward. Makeup and trying new products may be my passion, and those things are simple pleasures along the path.
But what I really want is to help share a deeper message in the midst of so many distractions in life. REAL happiness is experienced in being grateful for every little thing. And by also mentioning the bigger things that give weight to my life, I hope it can also inspire balance in yours.
So here’s a small story that inspired me this week and I’m reflecting on today.
I manage a retail chocolate shop and day to day of course the job is to provide customer service and to sell. I went running over to process a customer’s transaction and as I greeted her she told me that she already paid for her treats, but the lady at the chocolate showcase was still choosing hers. As we sell loose chocolates by weight, I was confused as to how she paid if they weren’t all weighed yet. Seeing my confusion, she explained further:
I don’t know the woman picking the chocolate, I just wanted to treat her. And I also bought one for the other associate working here, but she hasn’t taken it from the bag yet which is why I’m still here. I also want you to take the same chocolate the lady picks and give it to that woman over there, who’s purchasing ice cream. And actually, you pick one too.
I was so confused. Did they know each other? Did I miss something? Is this a trick and she is going to tell me I took her money?
I just want to do something nice for no reason.
Pay it forward
Something so simple made her happy. Made us happy. And created a connection. It was a thoughtful gesture that put a smile on all of our faces. Making that sort of a gesture helps to give faith to humanity. There are good people everywhere. Not because she bought something, but because she inspired something — give without taking, sometimes to someone you don’t know, and have hope. She hoped we would feel the intention of her gesture and continue the same. It is a beautiful thing. It inspired me and will continue to resonate.
I challenge you to try it sometime and tell me about it. Have you paid for the coffee of someone in line behind you before? Helped someone fumbling through their wallet with the small change for their bill? How can we continue to inspire and give hope to all people?
…by paying it forward — pass the message along.
I dare you.